[[caption-width-right:291: Gaze into the eyes of your new god. [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Because even dead gods dream.]]]]

->''"Because Dio taught me, in part, what it is to be a man. Oh, he did not teach the rational lessons: He did not teach me morality, or responsibility, or restraint. No, Stanley, he taught me that being a man means sometimes ruining things in the most extravagant fashion possible. Because you can, and because it's awesome."''
-->-- '''[[Website/{{Cracked}} Robert Brockway]]''', ''[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/for-dio-the-only-appropriate-tribute/ For Dio: The Only Appropriate Tribute]]''

Born Ronald James Padavona, Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 -- May 16, 2010) was a Heavy Metal musician from New Hampshire. He was well known for his powerful singing voice and popularizing [[WardingGestures "the horns"]] hand gesture. He worked with Elf, Music/{{Rainbow}}, Music/BlackSabbath, and his own solo band Dio. Near the end of his life, he handled the vocal duties of a reunited Sabbath, under the name Heaven and Hell.

He unfortunately was diagnosed with stomach cancer in November 2009. He [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended into]] Rock & Roll Heaven on May 16th, 2010, at 7:45 AM after a long and hard battle.

! Discography:

* ''Holy Diver'' (1983)
* ''The Last in Line'' (1984)
* ''Sacred Heart'' (1985)
* ''Dream Evil'' (1987)
* ''Lock Up the Wolves'' (1990)
* ''Strange Highways'' (1994)
* ''Angry Machines'' (1996)
* ''Magica'' (2000)
* ''Killing the Dragon'' (2002)
* ''Master of the Moon'' (2005)

* ''Elf'' (1972)
* ''Carolina County Ball'' (1974)
* ''Trying to Burn the Sun'' (1975)

* ''Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow'' (1975)
* ''Rising'' (1976)
* ''Long Live Rock 'n' Roll'' (1978)

* ''Heaven and Hell'' (1980)
* ''The Mob Rules'' (1981)
* ''Dehumanizer'' (1992)

'''Heaven and Hell''':
* ''The Devil You Know'' (2009)

* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBRsr7AAVbo Metal Will Never Die]]'' (2010)[[note]]The last song he recorded, released after his death[[/note]]

!! Ronnie James Dio provides examples of:

* AwesomeMcCoolName: His last name means 'God' in Italian. If that ain't cool enough for you, it was also cool enough to influence one half of the name for ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]]''.
* BarbarianLonghair: And how?
* BerserkButton: Vivian Campbell, the ex-guitarist of his solo act. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOwZBo8FQvo Observe.]] He starts ranting at about 45 seconds in. According to [[http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/vinny-appice-explains-vivian-campbell-s-hostility-toward-ronnie-james-dio/ Vinnie Appice]] their mutual dislike stemmed from arguments over band business decisions that Viv disagreed with. Ronnie did later [[http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/jimmy-bain-firing-vivian-campbell-was-the-biggest-mistake-of-ronnie-james-dio-s-career/ express some regret]] for his harsh words.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He was normally a pretty nice, calm guy... Until you pissed him off. See BerserkButton.
* BluesRock: Before Dio joined Music/{{Rainbow}}, Elf's music awesomely combined HardRock with RhythmAndBlues.
* TheCameo: ''Music/TenaciousD'' appeared on the music video of "Push". He then appeared on ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny'' as himself.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: The first ~30 seconds of ''The Last In Line'' are pretty gung-ho...then the real song starts.
* CatchPhrase: The words "LOOK OUT!" show up in a ''lot'' of his songs.
** As does the word [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrrnySxbuE8 "NIGHT"]].
** Also the title of a Music/ThreeInchesOfBlood tribute to him.
* CoolOldGuy: He was 38 when he first sang for Music/BlackSabbath and 67 when he toured for the last time. However, for many years, Dio [[OlderThanTheyLook lied about his age]], saying he was born in 1949 instead of 1942.
* CoverVersion: He and guitarist Music/YngwieMalmsteen made a cover of Music/{{Aerosmith}}'s "Dream On".
** He contributed vocals to ''Welcome to My Nightmare: An All-Star Salute to Music/AliceCooper'', on the song "Welcome to My Nightmare".
** He also sang "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" on the ''We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year'' album..
* EgocentricTeamNaming
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: There's always a mention of rainbows in his music.
** He WAS the vocalist of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow.
** Making that an example of [[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows Rainbows Are Better with Dio]].
* HeavyMithril: Lyrics he wrote often carried fantasy elements such as magic and dragons. He was in a band called Elf, and the music video for ''Holy Diver'' features a sword-wielding Dio running through a spooky castle and fighting medieval dudes.
* LargeHam: Possibly the largest ham in metal, which is no mean feat.
** Subverted by God Himself, as Dio was 5'4" (1.62m.) That's a lot of ham in a not-so-large frame.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Despite his demonic onstage persona, the off-stage Dio was known as one of the nicest guys in metal. (Most of the time, anyway. See Berserk Button, above.)
* MindScrew: He ''loved'' this trope, at least in the lyrics.
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEV4Tov1GBM music video]] for ''The Last in Line'' makes less than no sense -- [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs it makes negative sense]].
* MusicalThemeNaming: Not himself, but his name was used for [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]], who is considered a very influential villain in the development of manga.
* PintSizedPowerhouse : Packed one of the most powerful voices in hard rock / metal history into a 5'4" frame.
* RatedMForManly: And you thought that singing about dreams and rainbows was for sissies.
* SignatureSong: "Man On The Silver Mountain"
* StageNames: Dio took his name from an Italian mafia member Johnny Dioguardi. For your information, dio is Italian for God.
* StartMyOwn: After he left Black Sabbath.

!! His solo career provides the examples of:

* BreakupSong: "As Long as It's Not About Love" from ''Magica''.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Magica''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: His doo-wop records from the early-'60s... Enough said.
* EpicRocking: "Egypt (The Chains Are On)", "All the Fools Sailed Away", "Lock Up the Wolves", "Strange Highways", "Stay Out of My Mind" and "Eriel".
* IAmSong: "I Am" from ''Master of the Moon''. Also, "I" from ''Dehumanizer'', contributing that page's quote.
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Magica Theme" from ''Magica'' and "Annica" from the limited edition of the album.
* {{Mascot}}: The demonic Murray, who is always giving the horns.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Mostly in the 6-7 range, the odd ballad aside (those are usually a bit lower).
* {{Motifs}}: Rainbows, magic, eyes and dreams.
* NightmareDreams: ''Dream Evil's'' title song and album artwork.
* PowerBallad: "All the Fools Sailed Away", "This is Your Life" and "As Long as It's Not About Love".
* SongOfSongTitles: "My Eyes", covering his tenures in Music/{{Rainbow}} and Music/BlackSabbath as well.
* UrExample: His work (solo and as a member of Music/{{Rainbow}} and Music/BlackSabbath) was a huge influence on PowerMetal both musically and lyrically, and he's sometimes credited as inventing it, though it tends to differ from most later PowerMetal due to being slower and a bit less technically flashy on average.
* WordSaladLyrics: The man rocked hard. At the expense of his lyrics not making a lick of sense.
-->Ride the tiger
-->You can see his stripes but you know he's clean
-->Oh don't you see what I mean [[note]]Not really...[[/note]]
* TheXOfY: ''Master of the Moon''.